Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value
Elliott and Lynn Dolin, proprietors of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, introduced a new lineup of
Central Coast Pinot Noirs in late 2014. The inaugural Dolin Estate Pinot Noirs come from the 2012
vintage and include a Central Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir, a Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir and three single-vineyard
Pinot Noir bottlings from Bien Nacido, Talley Rincon and Solomon Hills vineyards.
Dolin Estate was established in 2006 when the Dolins planted 900 Chardonnay vines on their Malibu
property that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Elliott, who was a former studio musician and performer in
The Manhattan Transfer, developed an interest in wine when he fell in with a group of Los Angeles area
wine collectors and began taking wine appreciation classes at UCLA.
Following the release of three vintages of Malibu Estate Chardonnay, the winery planned to expand
its production, adding more Malibu wines from neighboring vineyards in the newly approved Malibu
Coast AVA in 2015. Beyond this, working closely with Central Coast winemaker Kirby Anderson
(there are no wineries in Malibu), and leveraging relationships with top growers, Elliott was able to
secure Pinot Noir fruit from his favorite Central Coast vineyards. Anderson has vinified the Malibu
Estate Chardonnay since 2010 and all the Pinot Noir offerings that began with the current 2012
2012 Dolin Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.35% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.57, 485 cases, $32.
Sourced from select vineyards. Clones 115, Pommard 4 and Swan selection. Aged 20
months in French oak barrels, 18% new.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The
aromas really pop featuring black raspberry, plum, sandalwood and oak spice. This wine
displays dreamy balance with soft tannins, bright acidity, and readily accessible flavors of
very dark cherry, raspberry and plum with hints of cola and mocha. The finish is highly
2012 Dolin Talley Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.56, 172
cases, $45. Clones 667 and 777. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% new.
reddish purple color in the glass. There is plenty of charm in this wine that offers bright scents of
plum, black raspberry, sous-bois and toasty oak. The luscious, rich core of boysenberry and plum
fruits is backed by firm, fine-grain tannins. This is a mouth coating wine that is hedonistic yet angelic,
and offers a very long and richly fruited finish.
2012 Dolin Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.58,
128 cases, $45. Clone 667. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 30% new.
purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, loamy earth, underbrush and oak lead to mid
weight, tasty flavors of black raspberry, blueberry and black cherry. Juicy and refreshing with
balanced tannins and a long, sleek finish.
2012 Dolin Solomon Hills Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
14.34% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.61,
140 cases, $45. Clone 777. Aged 19 months in French oak barrels, 30% new.
purple color in the glass. Appealing scents of dark cherry cobbler, cassis and balsam. Plenty of oak-kissed
dark red and purple fruits that satisfy with a noticeable attack and fullness. Silky in the mouth
with modest tannins and some finishing length. This wine has more oak overlay than I prefer, but the
texture is seductive.
The wines are sold on the winery’s website at www.dolinestate.com and through a mailing list. They
are priced right with exceptional quality at the right price. The wines are also on the wine lists of some
of some of Los Angeles’s most prestigious restaurants.